Yeah, I really like your approach, dragning, because that's basically what I'm doing. And if you want a good course, the workshop here is pretty awesome. I don't know if you have a tablet to draw digitally, though. You can do it traditionally, I'm convinced, but again.. You would need the mediums for it, like... Acrylic paint? Or maybe oils. Either would work, really, but I'm more experienced with acrylics...
ANYWAY. You can find a lot better tutorials for free. Dayle put up a lot of awesome links you could check out on his Sketchbook, ( http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...33#post3831933 ), and I'd recommend Loomis, because you can find his books on PDFs for free, legally, and he really is awesome.
But ultimately, what you're doing is what you should be doing. Drawing your hands, drawing things in your environment in perspective, getting out of your comfort zone and into the horrible land of scary self-esteem zone, and especially-- Having fun with it so that you don't burn out!
Don't be afraid to work with values, though, my friend. Values help to show dimension and form, and maybe you don't think you're ready to push values, but I think you are! You're awesome!
So, keep it up. I'm really amazed at your level of hard work and dedication. You're going to be painting masterpieces in 10 minutes when you're 18.
@ Misty Feather: Thanks for your suggestions Misty! I actually do have a Wacom Bamboo Pen tablet, and I've dabbled with digital some in the past, creating some value studies and what not, but that was months ago. As for traditional paints, I have very little experience with them, other than the stuff they taught us in art class at school. They might be interesting to learn someday though!
I've heard lots of praise for Andrew Loomis, so perhaps I will indeed have to investigate further into his books.
As for values, thanks for the encouragement. I'll try to post something with shading soon then!
Thanks again Misty. YOU are awesome!
@ LunaLi: Thanks Luna! That drawing was rather fun to do!
After only two days of logging my hours, I found that I was over thinking what to count as practice and what not to too much, getting more worried about the little details than the big picture/purpose. So I decided to drop that as well to avoid such things, and to focus more on just getting down to work!
30 sec gestures.
More form practicing.
I started How to Draw: Sketching Objects and Environments from Your Imagination by Scott Robertson with Thomas Bertling today. I watched some of the videos and began practicing my free hand lines with ballpoint pen. (I'm using a 7in x 10in sketchbook for these.)
Hey man, I really like your work. I noticed that you keep doing only 30 sec gestures. I kept doing the same thing until I realized that I was improving and learning more if I did slower studies of the figure, instead of doing hundreds of 30 sec gestures. In fact, even doing 1 min - 5 min gesture/pose drawings will help tremendously in my opinion.
I think that it's because once you learn how certain parts of the human body move and look (proportions, anatomy, foreshortening, etc), you subconsciously add that into your gesture drawings, making them look better and you can push your drawings more.
Sometime's you just gotta take it slow y'know, and absorb everything you can.
But I'm just another man learning what I can (plus I'm not very good), so my 'advice' might not be the best! :X
@ hellothisiskan: Thanks! I very much appreciate your advice. I was actually doing some 60 sec gestures for a couple days there, but I felt like I needed to get down to the essence of the pose and shortened them to 30 sec. I still don't know if I'm doing them right, but I'll try some longer ones I think, and see what happens.
Same type of stuff as yesterday, only the imagination sketches at the end were supposed to be mechanical-ish.
Great studies and gestures, dragning! Glad I provide encouragement, hehe. If I were to make a suggestion, it would be that you should add lines of action to your gestures-- Suggesting form and movement.
A good example:
Just a thought of how you can amp it up! Keep going!
@ Misty Feather: Are those gestures yours? I really like the one on the left. But yeah, I definitely agree with you. My gestures, and my figures in general, need A LOT of work. I'm gonna have to, no, I will, start studying people and such soon.
@ helila: Thanks!
I still constantly find myself worrying whether the path I'm taking is the most effective one, or whether I am improving much, and the past few days I end up searching the internet, googling the topic, rather than drawing as I could and should be, and then being angry that I wasted time. Note to self: DRAW MORE, WORRY LESS. NO EXCUSES!
60 sec gestures from QuickPoses.
More "muscle memory" building for How to Draw, focusing on drawing straight lines. I'm still struggling with these, but I must have patience.
Sketchy dragon-y no-ref stuff, and some thumbnails for a potential painting based on a previous sketch. Ugh! They just remind me how much I need to study, but I suppose that is good in a way.
Great studies! Annnd, no, they're not my gestures. Just a random pro I found on google images... I'm not that good at gestures yet, myself, but I know what I see with my eyes! It's very frustrating to be making gestures and seeing how wrong they are, lol.
Your work's looking more and more clean and well executed. Keep it up! You're getting grander and grander!
@ Misty Feather: Ah, thanks Misty! I feel you about the frustration though! May we draw through it together! (Scott Robertson pun totally intended )
I drew up the line art for the personal project I briefly mentioned yesterday, and it seems now that it is going to end up a graphite drawing instead of a painting. Off to shave (oops, I mean shade) this puppy tomorrow!